Artists have been drawn to Laguna Beach since its early days, and it’s easy to see why. Our community has some of the most stunning vistas, natural beauty and interesting locations on the California coast. All you have to do is walk outside your front door to find inspiration for that painting, short story or sculpture you’re working on. Even if you’re not an artist, you’ll find plenty to enjoy and admire at Laguna Beach’s most inspirational spots.
The World’s Second Tiniest Church
The best things in life often come in small packages, and that couldn’t be more fitting for St. Francis by the Sea. This Catholic Church has the distinction of being listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the second smallest cathedral in the world. The gorgeous interiors are best experienced during Sunday mass at 9:30 a.m. or during their healing service on the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. You can also experience the peace and tranquility of this inspiring place during First Thursdays Art Walk.
The Pirate Tower
On the edge of Victoria Beach you’ll find a structure that will soon have you spinning tales of pirates and buried treasure. The Pirate Tower, as it is generally known by locals, was built in 1926 and was once owned by a man who would dress up as a pirate and hide coins on the property for children to discover. Today the tower is closed off, but you can explore the tide pools nearby during low tide and admire the sea stars, urchins and anemones.
The Hortense Miller Garden
Explore the home and private garden of Hortense Miller, a noted environmentalist and author who turned her 2.5 acres of land on the upper slopes of Boat Canyon into a private paradise. The home and gardens are now available for private tours, and are a great source of inspiration for home gardeners. Learn about how to garden with native species, and how Hortense turned her plot of land into a living, breathing masterpiece.
The Witch’s House
If your daydreams turn to stories of witches and wizards, then swing by the Witch House at 290 Wave Street in North Laguna Beach. Built in the late 1920s, this home was designed by the same man who later became the chief architect for the UCLA Medical Center. It is unlike any other home in the city, and features strange angles, oddly-shaped doors and windows, steep gables, crooked ceilings and even a cauldron that swings into a large fireplace. This home is truly the thing of dreams – or nightmares! Whether you’re a kid or a kid at heart, this home will certainly stir the imagination.
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